divertissement

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French.

Noun[edit]

divertissement (usually uncountable, plural divertissements)

  1. An entertaining diversion.
  2. (ballet) A short ballet within a larger work, usually providing a break from the main plot.
    • 2009 January 24, Alastair Macaulay, “A Young, Lively Crew From Florida Steps Up and Takes Flight”:
      Patricia Delgado, though taller and paler-skinned, strongly resembles Jeanette, and in Miami they often dance together (in the “Emeralds” pas de trois from “Jewels,” for example, or leading successive divertissements in Balanchine’s “Swan Lake”).

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often written in italics (divertissement), or pronounced as a French word.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the radical of the present participle of divertir, divertiss +‎ -ment.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

divertissement m (plural divertissements)

  1. entertainment

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